First of all, it’s good to be back and getting on with the job. Thank you to the many constituents in the Valley who’ve been in touch since the election. As you know, my work in Westminster is much changed with me now residing at the Department of Health where I am Parliamentary Under Secretary of State in the role of Minister for Public Health & Primary Care. And, as I said before, that also covers the cancer portfolio where we’re making solid progress. In fact, I’ve just launched this year’s edition of the Be Clear on Cancer campaign which seeks to raise awareness of persistent cough and breathlessness. Search online for more details of this proven campaign from my colleagues at Public Health England.
One of my responsibilities is in the area of international health and that means I work closely across Government with the UK Aid programme. One of my first engagements since being appointed was to deliver a keynote speech at a Family Planning Summit in London, hosted by the UK Government and attended by representatives from around the world.
The event is part of efforts to reach our Family Planning 2020 goals and ensure that more women and girls around the world are able to plan their families and their futures. Family planning is a best-buy in global development and very much in all our interests. When women and girls have access to family planning, they are able to complete their education, create or seize better economic opportunities, and fulfil their full potential—in short, entire families, communities and nations benefit. You can see more at www.stevebrine.com/familyplanningsummit
My work in the constituency remains unchanged. We may have just had a General Election (during which I visited every community in my constituency) but my Summer Tour will be taking place as usual during Parliament’s long recess. The concept is simple and it’s one of the best things I do each year. You can check it out, for this year and previous years, via www.stevebrine.com/summertour
Part of that local work will continue to keep a hawk eye on our train service as the major Waterloo works start in August and, of course, as FirstGroup take over the franchise. I am visiting the Waterloo works site shortly and am in very regular contact with the new operator. As I’ve said before, we need to hold them to every one of the promises they made to my constituents in winning the South Western Franchise. My page continues to be updated at www.stevebrine.com/trains
Finally, new dates have been released for my popular PMQ ticket draw. If you would like to attend on Wednesday 13th September, you are welcome to enter the ballot by calling 01962 791110 or visiting www.stevebrine.com/PMQs
You can find more about my other work, in
Winchester and of course in Westminster, via my website.
Steve Brine MP
Winchester & Itchen Valley